Dear Brad Stuart,
Goodbye. It's as if I hardly knew you at all.
So, how 'bout that Lowe? What is it about Edmonton that players simply want no part of? Is it the weather? Is it the media? Is it the fans? Is it the coach? Is it the GM? Maybe it's all of the above.
The GM is making a case for being a top reason for staying away these days. Kevin Lowe and his brainiac counterparts in the Oilers organization seem to think that even with the contract left unsigned, it is binding. Nylander got a better offer (read: a city other than Edmonton) before he signed the real Edmonton contract, so he signed elsewhere (read: "I'd rather play in the US city with the highest crime rate and a bottom-feeding team than play in Edmonton").
Now the Oilers are throwing a very public tantrum. "But you said I could have him! No fair!! I'm telling Bettman!"
But hey, who needs Nylander when you signed Raffi Torres to a 3-year contract?
Glory be to the Oilers.